For centuries mankind has envied pizza dough and wondered how we too could be kneaded to relaxed, savory states without paying for the luxury of being escorted via wooden paddle to a Sicilian brick oven. For $30, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage (a $60 value) at Greenleaf Bodywork in Ferndale. In both 2008 and 2009, CityVoters named Greenleaf among the top three best massages in Detroit.
During your hour-long session, one of Greenleaf's certified massage therapists will employ an arsenal of finger foxtrots and point-based techniques to knead away back outages. The therapeutic/relaxation massage is a full-body, Swedish-style massage treatment. An experienced therapist will use pressure customized to your therapeutic needs in long connective strokes, gliding techniques, and kneading manipulations to relieve uptight major muscle groups and help your mind float away from daily worries about the oven you left turned on. You can also apply the $60 value of your Groupon toward upgrading to any of the other massages offered by Greenleaf.
Greenleaf is a low-lit oasis that contains private rooms with calming colors and comfortable massage tables. A professional massage can alleviate pain, reduce stress, break wild horses, and prevent future injuries.
Just before the entrance to Greenleaf Bodywork, a two-level garden box welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere replete with the soothing sounds of nature. Inside the studio, this penchant for the elemental continues, surrounding guests with stone-tile floors alongside a stone-tile water feature, and treatment rooms where subdued lighting spills across the walls and the tapestries hanging there. Within these zen-like environments, Greenleaf’s massage therapists work their magic, healing soft tissue with modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology. Guests can transport themselves into an indoor camp during the couples massage, performed in a canvas-draped tent-like room, while lone visitors can take in specialty massages customized to specific client needs, such as hot stone or prenatal.